|Welcome to the publishing scams section of the web site.
An aspiring writer needs to be a careful consumer when searching for and selecting a literary agent. There are many "literary agencies" that are not concerned with publishing -- they exist only to take money from authors. This type of scam is a serious and growing crime. This web site provides information to help you avoid becoming one of the many victims of these con artists.
Jim has been investigating the world of bogus literary agents for years. His 1998 and 1999 ground-breaking study of bogus literary agents, book doctors, and vanity publishers, The Fisher Report, helped and informed hundreds of aspiring writers. His investigative journalism has been an aid to the FBI in bringing some of these criminals to justice.
Don't miss Jim's new book Ten Percent of Nothing, which will be available in May 2004. The book is a detailed account of how one phony literary agent bilked thousands of aspiring writers out of millions of dollars
If you are in the market for a literary agent, be sure to read Jim's 20 tips on how to assess the legitimacy of an agent. Is there an agency you are interested in or already working with? See how the agency ranks on the Fisher Scale.
If you have had a bad experience with a literary agent, book doctor, or vanity press, Jim would appreciate hearing from you.
This web site will be updated regularly. Please check back.
Have you broken into print, or recently signed a contract with a commercial publisher of trade books? If so, Jim Fisher would like to hear from you. Your story could inspire and enlighten other writers. Please e-mail Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org) a summary of your tale of success.